The Case Men's Glee Club welcomes any aspiring member of the campus community to join our ranks. Undergraduates, as well as faculty, staff, and graduate students, are welcome. In fact, we have members in all of those categories! CMGC is CWRU's only non-auditioned male a cappella group, which means that it's the perfect starting place for those who want to learn how to sing. We perform a few distinct styles of a cappella - barbershop, traditional men's choral, and modern pop - so we're perfect for men looking to expand their vocal skills. We perform all around campus, Cleveland, and the country, and ask only three hours a week of your time in exchange for a fantastic experience that you will carry with you from day one.
The music: 12 great reasons to join...
(F, F♯, G, A♭, A...) The Case Men's Glee Club is a great environment in which to develop your vocal skills. Whether you've never sung a note before or have held the lead in musicals, the Case Men's Glee Club can offer you a great vocal education. One reason for this is our style.
Very few young men have had the opportunity to sing barbershop, a vocal style that originated in the American South and features harsh, discordant chords that resolve beautifully. Ask any member of CMGC about the awesome feeling he feels when singing a tag and hearing the fantastic ring of the chords.
Additionally, CMGC performs traditional men's a cappella pieces that are favorites of the large men's choirs, songs like Shenandoah and Danny Boy that feature a rich, enveloping sound that fill and saturate the room.
Although there are several a cappella groups on campus, we think that CMGC is the best, simply because it offers a variety and style that no other group can.
How many people our age can be found hanging out on a Friday evening or spending a day at Cedar Point with their best friends and burst into four-part vocal harmony? You can count yourself among that number with the Case Men's Glee Club. Ask alumnus Steve Mayes about his recent wedding, at which five CMGC alumni sang for his bride, Nichole.
Or, read this story from former director Fred Turkington: "At the recent Case Alumni Association Reunion, I volunteered at a reunion banquet for the Class of 1954. Seated at my table were three best friends who had each graduated in 1954; all three of them, like me, were Case Men's Glee Club Members."
World-class alumni support
The Case Men's Glee Club, one of the oldest groups on campus, was founded in 1897 at the Case School of Applied Sciences. That means that over 1000 men have performed for CMGC in our storied history.
Each year, CMGC performs for several alumni events, including one during our fall break trip. CMGC is a great way to network with some of Case's most noted alumni, and a great place to hear lots of tales from college years. We even have local alumni routinely show up to rehearsal!